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Spork-Fed Will Keep You Well-Fed
on March 6, 2014
I bought this cook book on a whim without knowing much about it and I'm really glad that I did, because I quickly fell in love with it. The authors write in a very easy, down to earth, conversational tone that gets you excited about cooking. They're inspirational, and vibrant, and they obviously care a lot about the food that they make, and veganism as a whole. I really appreciate all the time and effort that went into making this little book, it is nothing if not beautiful. The full color photography - a photo for every recipe - is wonderful, my favorite kinds of cook books are ones that include numerous photos. The instructions are clear, and easy to follow however as some reviewers have pointed out the print is rather small, and some of the ingredient lists are long. Still a long list of ingredients doesn't always daunt me, and really when it comes right down to it these recipes are a lot easier and quicker to whip up then they may appear upon first glance.
I think the recipe selection has a good mix of healthy vs comfort food dishes, eclectic flavors, unique pairings, and some really creative ideas that get me excited about cooking. I always appreciate authors who do something different, I'm sick of always seeing the standard vegan recipes. My opinion is if you're going to make a standard vegan recipe - like a lasagna, or a tempeh loaf - then you better do something different, and jazz it up. Do something to set it apart from the 100's of other recipes just like it, and the Spork-Sisters do just that.
A few things that maybe be deal breakers for you however, there is no nutritional information given for the recipes, and some processed foods are used - such as vegan cheese and butter. If you have the time and are so inclined you can easily swap out processed vegan products with healthier or homemade alternatives -which is what I do. - or you can use this book as an `occasional treat' book - also like I do. As much as I love this book, it is not one I use everyday, but I do tote it out when I cook for others, or for special occasions and I've never been disappointed. My biggest complaint is that there weren't more recipes, 75 is a bit on the low end for a cook book in my opinion, 100 would have been better, but maybe - with any luck - they'll write another book.
The Recipes I've tried so far are as follows,
Lentil Pecan Pate - Good, but not my favorite pate.
Amazing Caesar Salad with Homemade Croutons - Loved it
Green Salad with Creamy Tempeh Bacon Ranch Dressing - LOVED IT - really amazing
Jerk Coleslaw with Plantain Strips - Loved it
Patatas Bravas - Loved it
Green Bean Casserole with Spelt Bread Crumbs and Frizzled Shallots - Pretty good - never been a fan of this holiday favorite before, but this sure beats the casserole from a can.
Crispy Brown Rice Cakes with Adzuki Beans and Scallions - Loved it
Quinoa Salad with Fennel and White Beans in Light Lemon Vinaigrette - Loved it
Mashed Potatoes with Caramelized Onions and Crispy Sage - Pretty good
Southwest Black Bean and Corn Mini Burgers with Smokey Paprika Cashew Cheese - LOVED IT! - seriously this is so good it's worth the price of the book alone!
DIY Homemade Chicken Style Seitan - Pretty Good
Seitan Wellington With a Creamy Spinach Sauce - Loved it
Roasted Butternut Squash and Sage Lasagna with a Creamy Bechamel Sauce - Pretty good
Creamy Pistachio Pesto over Brown Rice - Loved it
South Carolina BBQ Tofu Sandwiches - Loved it
Seitan Scallopini with Sauteed Mushrooms in a Red Wine Sauce - Loved it
Creamy Baked Macaroni and Cheese with a Spelt Breadcrumb Topping - Pretty good
Cinnamon Scented Tiramisu - Loved it
Strawberry Cream Cheese French Toast - Loved it
Chive and Cheddar Skillet Omelet - Loved it
Sweet Potato Biscuits and Gravy - Loved it!
Smokey Tempeh Bacon, Broccoli and Cheddar Quiche - Loved it
Though I've had tremendous good fortune with this cook book, and though I love it, I'm not sure it's one I'd recommend to everyone. It may not be the best book for a newbie vegan, or rather a newbie vegan that's also new to cooking. I think this book is best suited for a person who loves to cook, is knowledgeable about cooking, and is looking to expand and try some new and different things. If that's you, and you don't have any food restrictions, then this is a good fit for you, and I'm sure you'll love it as much as I do.